Juergen Neumann

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= initiated the Open Hardware Initiative — an alliance of activists lobbying for open source hardware at the sidelines of both eastern and western hardware industries.

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" Jürgen Neumann (DE)is a consultant for ICT strategy and implementation who has worked for major German and international companies and non-profit projects for more than two decades. In 2002 he co-foundedhttp://www.freifunk.net, a non-profit campaign to spread knowledge about open wireless networks. In 2007 he started the Open Hardware Initiative which in 2008 organized the first Open Technology Summit in Taiwan. Recently he is trying to ramp up the Open Source Hardware and Design Aliance http://www.ohanda.org and is lobbying for more open licensing models for the radio spectrum at http://openspectrum.eu."

"Juergen Neumann started working with information technology in 1984, and has since been looking for ways to deploy ICT in useful ways for organizations and society. As a consultant for ICT strategy and implementation, he has worked for major German and international companies, as well as on many non-profit projects.

Besides his professional engagement, in 2002 he co-founded www.freifunk.net, a non-profit campaign to spread knowledge and social networking about free and “open networks”— a campaign globally regarded as one of the most successful grassroots community projects in this field.

In 2007, frustrated from reflashing hundreds of wireless access points over the past years, Neumann initiated the Open Hardware Initiative — an alliance of activists lobbying for open source hardware at the sidelines of both eastern and western hardware industries. In 2008, he co-organized the first Open Technology Summit in Taiwan.

Besides his job as CEO of a private consultancy company, his recent activities include digging deeper into the possibilities of manufacturing open source(d) chip designs, and lobbying for new and more open licensing models for the radio spectrum." (http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=888&facId=3796&p=member)


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